Sophocles Quotes

Sophocles

Greek tragic dramatist (496 BC - 406 BC)

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One's own escape from troubles makes one glad; but bringing friends to trouble is hard grief.

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It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made

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Having advanced to the limit of boldness, child, you have stumbled against the lofty pedestal of Justice.

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Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.

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A lie never lives to be old.

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There is a point at which even justice does injury.

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Without labor nothing prospers.

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

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The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

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Time eases all things.

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A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.

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Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.

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Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.

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Stranger in a strange country.

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The good befriend themselves.

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One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.

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It made our hair stand up in panic fear.

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Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable.

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What you cannot enforce, do not command.

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A short saying oft contains much wisdom.

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Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.

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How terrible it is to have wisdom when it does not benefit those who have it.

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The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.

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O generations of men, how I count you as equal with those who live not at all!

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Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.

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To revive sorrow is cruel.

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